Gas heater vs. wood stoves – a practical consideration of why gas should be favored over wood and oil in our cities

We just got our first bill from the gas company. We didn’t have gas last year, and we had to warm up the house with electric heaters (2000W each, one per room – and the house was never really warm). It turns out that our bill is around 28 Euro per month now. We haveContinue reading “Gas heater vs. wood stoves – a practical consideration of why gas should be favored over wood and oil in our cities”

Air Pollution in a city can vary greatly in a short distance. This video clearly shows it!

While riding my bike back home after bringing my little daughter to school along the Acropolis walkway “Dionisios Aeropagitou” yesterday morning, I came across an Air Pollution phenomenon that was so clear that I had to make a video of it. So I rushed home to get the camera and went back to document it.Continue reading “Air Pollution in a city can vary greatly in a short distance. This video clearly shows it!”

Indoor Air Quality: 2. The importance of indoor AQ Monitors

Indoor AQ sensors: sensors that measure the Quality of the Air inside your home, school, office, etc. This post follows our first post about external AQ monitors and deals with indoor AQ monitors. What are they and why are they as important (if not more) as external AQ monitors ? Knowing the quality of theContinue reading “Indoor Air Quality: 2. The importance of indoor AQ Monitors”

Air Pollution can be a very localized issue

I was in Rio (near Patras, Greece, not Rio de Janeiro …) yesterday, standing by the sea with a magnificent view of the Rio-Antirio bridge that connects the Peloponnese Peninsula to the Greek mainland. A cold, northerly wind had brought very Clean Air to the country, which just until a few hours before had beenContinue reading “Air Pollution can be a very localized issue”

The sky is on fire! Warm Air with Saharan dust reaches our country…

These warm, cloudy days with Saharan dust treat us with skies simply one more spectacular than the other these days… Have a look at the Windy map below to see how the dust (in yellow) is blown across the Mediterranean Sea by the southerly winds … Needless to say it, the wind blowing Saharan dustContinue reading “The sky is on fire! Warm Air with Saharan dust reaches our country…”

The struggle of Volos’ citizens against the rubbish-burning factory that poisons their air

This post follows the ERT3 video report of 30/12/2020 about the big Air Pollution issue that the citizens of Volos, Thessaly, have to deal with daily. In Volos there is a project called Green Your Air (www.greenyourair.org) that is collecting data on the Air Pollution of the city and raises awareness about the issue withinContinue reading “The struggle of Volos’ citizens against the rubbish-burning factory that poisons their air”

The city of Larisa is chocking in wood smoke!

When looking at the only Air Quality sensor in Larisa whose activity is visible in real time by anyone on the Airly website (https://airly.org/map/en/#39.635407,22.41419,i15580), one can only wonder what the hell is going on there. Pollution there is always in the red to purple levels, meaning AIR POLLUTION ALERT!!!! Every evening PM2,5 go well aboveContinue reading “The city of Larisa is chocking in wood smoke!”

Happy New Year 2021 from Athens!

Happy New Year 2021 from Athens! We enjoyed very nice fireworks at the turn of the year, like in most cities of the world. Needless to say it, Air Pollution had a big spike at midnight due to the smoke from the fireworks. Have a look at the Particulate Matter PM2,5 graphs that show itContinue reading “Happy New Year 2021 from Athens!”

After the Storm came… Clean Air!

The strong winds and rain (and snow above 1000m in W Greece) of yesterday and today thoroughly cleaned the Air over most of the country, something that was really needed especially in cities like Larissa, Ioannina and many other smaller cities and villages that have been suffering from very bad air quality for several weeksContinue reading “After the Storm came… Clean Air!”

A visual explanation of why residential heating with wood and fossil fuels belongs to the past

Hard to think that such a beautiful, day with such a nice and clean air, has to end up into such a disastrous night… Particulate matter PM2,5 was around 120 μg/m3 in Thiseio and above 200 μg/m3 in Chalandri at midnight yesterday. These are very dangerous levels of Air Pollution that we should never haveContinue reading “A visual explanation of why residential heating with wood and fossil fuels belongs to the past”